TEXT 318
srjami tan-niyukto 'ham-
haro harati tad-vasah
visvam purusa-rupena
paripati trisakti-dhrk
srjamicreate; tat-niyuktahengaged by Him; ahamI; harahLord Siva; haratiannihilates; tat-vasahunder His control; visvamthe whole universe; purusa-rupenain the form of Lord Visnu; paripatimaintains; tri-sakti-dhrkthe controller of the three modes of material nature.
" 'Lord Brahma said, "I am engaged by the Supreme Personality of Godhead to create. Following His orders, Lord Siva dissolves everything. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, in His form of Ksirodakasayi Visnu, maintains all the affairs of material nature. Thus the supreme controller of the three modes of material nature is Lord Visnu." '
This is a quotation from Srimad-Bhagavatam (2.6.32). Lord Brahma gave this information to Devarsi Narada when he was receiving instructions from Lord Brahma to understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Paramatma. After describing the universal form of the Lord, Lord Brahma explained that his position and Lord Siva's position are controlled by Lord Visnu.

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